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Schistura obeini

by Mark in Vancouver last modified Nov 27, 2006 12:01 AM


Schistura obeini

Scientific name: Schistura obeini (Kottelat, 1998)

Common name: None

Synonyms: None

Distribution: Occurs in the lower, middle and upper Nam Theun, a tributary of the Mekong in Laos.

Sexual Dimorphism: Mature females likely to be fuller-bodied.

Maximum size: 3.5 inches (11cm)

Similar to: Other Schistura species

Care: Typical heavy bodied Schistura species. The aquarium should have a decent flow rate and be well-oxygenated to simulate the natural habitat of very fast flowing waters. The substrate should consist of smooth aquatic sand or fine smooth gravel which will help to protect the delicate sensory barbel area. The rest of the tank should be furnished with rounded pebbles/cobbles and piles of rocks to create hiding places. Please see Hillstream Loaches: Specialists at Life in the Fast Lane for a more detailed explanation.

Feeding: Most foods are taken with much enthusiasm - sinking catfish pellets, and frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, brineshrimp and daphnia.

Water parameters: pH: 6.0-7.5 Hardness: Soft-medium Max dh: 12

Temperature: 70ºF to 77 ºF (21-25°C)

Breeding: No reported aquarium spawnings.

Schistura obeini


Schistura obeini are territorial and a group should be housed in an aquarium featuring multiple hiding places and decor designed to break the line of sight between territories. Do not house with shy, delicate species.

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